It has been months since I first reviewed the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wi-fi headset (10/10, WIRED Recommends). And I am nonetheless at a loss for the way it pulls off its best trick: battery life that lasts ten instances longer than the competitors. And now they’re on sale for the most affordable we have seen.
Which means now is a superb time to snag a pair of headphones that you just barely ever should return to a charging cable.
After I first bought these headphones to evaluate, I used to be skeptical. Most wi-fi gaming headsets max out at round 30 hours of battery life (and plenty of get approach beneath that.) HyperX was claiming these get 300 hours.
So, I made a decision to check them. And after enjoying continuous at 50 p.c quantity, ranging from 100% p.c cost, I discovered that 300 wasn’t fairly correct. In my take a look at, they really bought 348 hours. These headphones overshot their estimated battery life by greater than the whole lot of most different headsets’ absolute best use circumstances.
I assumed there have to be one thing else improper with them, however no. They’re comfy, they get deep, wealthy sound, and despite the fact that they lack energetic noise cancellation, they blocked out sound sufficient naturally. I put them on a pal and despite the fact that I used to be talking on to him in entrance of his face, he could not hear me.
The one draw back is that they lack Bluetooth or different wi-fi choices, however since these sacrifices had been seemingly a part of what makes the 300-hour battery potential (not less than that is the very best guess based on our buddies over at iFixit), we’ll enable it.